The world of music is vast and varied, with countless albums that resonate with listeners on a deeply personal level. At Triple M’s GOAT, we set out to rank the greatest 100 albums of all time, and YOU, our valued listeners, had the power to decide.
From iconic tracks to the unforgettable B-sides, these albums have become staples in music collections across the globe. The engagement and anticipation have been palpable, with fans eagerly casting their votes.
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FULL ALBUM LIST
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Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits
Led Zeppelin IV by Led Zeppelin
Kick by INXS
Blood Sugar Sex Magik by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles
Appetite For Destruction by Guns N’ Roses
The Joshua Tree by U2
Ten by Pearl Jam
Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd
Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
Odyssey Number Five by Powderfinger
Hotel California by Eagles
East by Cold Chisel
Hot Fuss by The Killers
T.N.T. by AC/DC
Born In The USA by Bruce Springsteen
Use Your Illusion 2 by Guns n Roses
A Night At The Opera by Queen
The Colour & The Shape by Foo Fighters
Diesel And Dust by Midnight Oil
Abbey Road by The Beatles
Business As Usual by Men At Work
Metallica by Metallica
Purple Rain by Prince
Vs. by Pearl Jam
Whispering Jack by John Farnham
The Wall by Pink Floyd
Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morissette
Pump by Aerosmith
Tattoo You by The Rolling Stones
Automatic For The People by R.E.M.
Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John
Hysteria by Def Leppard
MTV Unplugged by Nirvana
Bat Out Of Hell by Meatloaf
Crowded House by Crowded House
There Is Nothing Left To Lose by Foo Fighters
The Rise & Fall Of Ziggy Stardust by David Bowie
10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 by Midnight Oil
Californication by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Circus Animals by Cold Chisel
Dookie by Green Day
Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen
The Swing by INXS
Throwing Copper by Live
The Game by Queen
Rattle & Hum by U2
Frogstomp by Silverchair
Reckless by Bryan Adams
Glass Houses by Billy Joel
Vulture Street by Powderfinger
Little Creatures by Talking Heads
Yourself Or Someone Like You by Matchbox 20
Dynasty by Kiss
Gossip by Paul Kelly
What’s The Story Morning Glory by Oasis
Synchronicity by The Police
Freight Train Heart by Jimmy Barnes
American Idiot by Green Day
Primitive Man by Icehouse
Dire Straits by Dire Straits
Out Of Time by R.E.M.
The Works by Queen
In Utero by Nirvana
Graceland by Paul Simon
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
Only By The Night by Kings Of Leon
Sirocco by Australian Crawl
Achtung Baby by U2
1984 by Van Halen
Internationalist by Powderfinger
The Beatles (The White Album) by The Beatles
New Jersey by Bon Jovi
X&Y by Coldplay
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins
Blue Sky Mine by Midnight Oil
Let’s Dance by David Bowie
Vitalogy by Pearl Jam
True Colours by Split Enz
August and Everything After by Counting Crows
Full Moon Fever by Tom Petty
Use Your Illusion 1 by Guns n Roses
Twentieth Century by Cold Chisel
1999 by Prince
Stadium Arcadium by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
War by U2
Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics
Hepfidelity by Diesel
Scary Monsters & Super Creeps by David Bowie
In Your Honor by Foo Fighters
Woodface by Crowded House
Regatta de Blanc by The Police
Keep The Faith by Bon Jovi
Listen Like Thieves by INXS
An Exciting Incentive: The Ultimate Prize
The excitement of voting was not just about having a say in the album rankings. Everyone who cast their vote had the chance to win a phenomenal prize: a 5-night trip to the glittering Las Vegas to witness U2: UV Achtung Baby LIVE at the Sphere. Imagine the allure of seeing the world’s greatest rock band inaugurate what’s being touted as the world’s most cutting-edge venue. The hype and energy surrounding this opportunity were truly electric!
And the moment we’ve all been waiting for… our very own Dangerous Dave had the pleasure of interviewing the lucky winner.
Diving Deeper: Album Stats & Insights For those who cherish the nuances of music and love a good trivia…
Dave Grohl’s Dominant Presence: Tracing the Icon’s Multiple Appearances
In a deep dive into the top albums spanning various decades, one name stands out with unwavering consistency: Dave Grohl. The iconic musician made his mark on the list with Nirvana’s groundbreaking album “Nevermind”, where he showcased his drumming prowess. But Grohl’s influence doesn’t stop there. He resurfaces multiple times as the driving force behind the Foo Fighters, contributing with albums like “The Colour & The Shape”, “There Is Nothing Left To Lose”, “In Your Honor”, and “Stadium Arcadium”. In total, Grohl’s musical genius graces the list on 5 distinct occasions, underscoring his lasting impact on the music industry.
Decade-wise Distribution of Albums
Music transcends time, and our list captures the essence of five glorious decades. The 1980s, with its rich tapestry of sound and innovation, leads the charge with 37 albums. The soulful 1970s aren’t far behind, boasting 21 albums. The 1990s, a transformative period for the music industry, graces our list with 26 albums. As we move into the new millennium, the 2000s continue the legacy with 13 albums. Meanwhile, the pioneering 1960s, which laid the groundwork for many genres, is represented with 3 seminal albums.
Masters Behind the Masterpieces: Producers
The alchemy of turning musical notes into timeless classics requires the touch of visionary producers. Rick Rubin’s mastery is evident, with his hands on six of the albums on our list. Bob Rock’s distinctive style shines through in four albums. The trio of Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Bruce Fairbairn, and Mark Opitz have left their mark, each producing three albums. And then there’s the legendary George Martin, whose collaborations with The Beatles have forever altered the landscape of music, producing three of the albums on our list.
Recording Studios: Where Magic Happens
Every great album needs the right environment to blossom. Abbey Road Studios in London, immortalized by The Beatles, stands as the most iconic location, housing the creation of seven albums on our list. Both Little Mountain Sound Studios and The Power Station have resonated with artists, each witnessing the birth of four albums. Not to be outdone, Rhinoceros Recordings and Sound City Studios have each been the nurturing grounds for three albums, playing a pivotal role in shaping the sounds of the eras.
Artists with Multiple Albums: Consistency Meets Brilliance
Artistic consistency is a rare gem. U2’s brilliance is evident, leading with five albums. Several artists have showcased their versatility and resonance, with AC/DC, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, INXS, Midnight Oil, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Red Hot Chili Peppers each contributing three albums. Artists like The Police, Cold Chisel, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac, Metallica, Pink Floyd, Powderfinger, and Talking Heads have further enriched our list with two albums each.
A Melting Pot of Origins: Artist Nationalities
Music knows no boundaries, and our list is a testament to global creativity. The USA and England, powerhouses of rock and pop, dominate with 33 and 30 albums respectively. Australia’s vibrant music scene is celebrated with 18 albums. Ireland, with the stellar contribution of U2, gifts us 3 albums, paralleled by New Zealand’s three. Canada’s unique sound has earned it two spots on our list, while Scotland’s rich musical tapestry is represented by a singular, yet impactful, album.
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